Dec 24, 2012 5:30am PST
>> the u.n. envoy to syria holds talks with president bashar al- assad and hopes to find a solution to end the violence. hello. the other top stories from al jazeera -- another insider attack in afghanistan. the u.s. contractor is killed. plus -- india's prime minister appeals for calm after a second day of violent street protests. plus, bringing life to the desert. qatar brings ca hopes for those struggling to grow their own food. syria's president bashar al- assad says his government will do whatever it can to end the crisis in syria. his comments on state tv followed a meeting of the u.n. peace envoy to syria lakdar brahimi. he also says he is cooperating with lakdar brahimi, who is on a two-day visit. it coincides with a missile strike. scores of civilians killed in the attack. in the northern city of aleppo rebel fighters say they captured a military base. russia's foreign minister says he received guarantees from president assad he will not use chemical weapons against rebels. >> i met president assad and we exchanged views on the next steps that can be taken to move forward.
Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm PST
half a million people have fled syria in more than two years of fighting. there was a quick visit to the capital by brahimi. we met with assad but the outcome of the meeting remains unclear. >> yet another attempt by syria's envoy to find way to end the war. brahimi met assad in damascus. it is not clear if he has a concrete plan but brahimi is trying to get an agreement on a transitional government. >> i've met president assad and we ex-changed views on the next steps to be taken to move forward. we also discussed the steps that i see can be taken to help the people come out of this crisis. >> any political solution that would save the regime is unacceptable. the political solution that is acceptable puts an end to killing of syrians. any solution that does not begin with assad stepping down is rejected and we will oppose it. >> he has no intention of stepping down. but he reportedly told brahimi that he would be willing to cooperate to find solution, but if you ask the opposition, they believe it is the assad government, which has been weakened, it is the assad government, which
Dec 21, 2012 5:30am PST
of an end to the conflict. >> syria began in conflict and ends in war. day-by-day the death toll has climbed. >> that can only mean more violence, the u.n. warning that conflict has to come over -- has become sectarian. the u.n. human rights council said in its latest report that there has been a clear shift in the nature of the conflict, with more fighters and civilians on both sides describing the civil war in ethnic or religious terms. foreign fighters are filtering into syria to join the rebels, and lebanese hezbollah and ha possibly iraqi shia are supporting the government. where are foreign fighters, some with links to extremist groups, and some anti-government forces are becoming radicalized. we have met foreign fighters and they do not make up the majority of the opposition, but some work independently from the mainstream army. and some have made clear they do not recognize the syrian national council the main political body in exile and want an islamic state. fears are growing that the war may not enlist president bashar al-assad leading power. there is the possibility of reprisal k
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
speak out on behalf of the a 16-year-old killed in yemen, born in denver. >> in other news from syria, reports have emerged that the young syrian filmmaker was killed on monday in the city of hams. he appeared on the show in december. at the time be as that we only use his first bid for security reasons. >> what i saw in the last week, it is starting to turn into almost a civil war. they are enforcing the locals to form an armed resistance to the regime forces. >> for more we go to charles glass, award winning broadcaster. he returned from syria last month. >> these massacres are a clear indication of how urgent it is to find -- to force both sides in the conflict, the opposition and regime, to negotiate a settlement, which would ultimately mean a change in regime, but certainly a transition period in an absence of that, you have the russian army government, the saudis, the guitarist, the that states, turkey, farming the opposition, which will only inflame the civil war. more massacres will then take place. >> we continue with our look back at 2012. to get a copy of today's show, go t